The Lavender Dress, Photos

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It took three attempts, but I finally got photos of this dress. The weather here has been crazy – too cold, too windy, too cloudy, etc. Half my photos had to be indoors, but I least I got photos in the end!

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Fabric Haul March 2016

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I’m going on holiday at the end of April, so obviously it was time to buy some new fabric for some new clothes! I’m planning to make a few skirts and dresses that I can haul around the world with me (and hopefully won’t wrinkle too badly!) One of the fabrics I bought I’ve actually already made into a dress, but the rest are in the works!

The Lavender Dress (Butterick B5748)

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The last year or two, all the sewing pattern companies have been releasing more and more of these revamped retro patterns, and after seeing them every time I went to the fabric store, I finally succumbed. This pattern is just so gorgeous, with it’s scoop back and boat neck! It did feel very weird not using a pattern that I made, but overall I’m happy with the dress result. I wouldn’t exactly call this a review of this pattern, because I edited the pieces to fit my needs, but if you’ve been looking at buying I will say I would recommend it – it was a well-designed pattern and is really cute overall.

Questions and Answers

 

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As I was starting to get this blog ready to use again, I realized the about me page and FAQ hadn’t been updated in over a year, and it was time I fix that, since a lot has changed since then! I have updated my FAQ over at my tumblr, and here in my about section,

The main question I get is about if I am pursuing fashion or costume design in college. I really did consider it, but after much soul-searching, I ultimately decided that it isn’t the path for me. Although I’ll absolutely continue design and sewing, I will be starting a nursing degree as of Fall 2016, which I’m very excited about!

I have a few new projects in the works, so expect to see stuff about that soon! I decided I needed to get my blog back into shape before I started to post projects again (otherwise I’d never do it!) There are a few more common questions below the cut, and any other common questions can be found on my tumblr.

The Halloween Dress 2015, Photos

DSC01214Oh gosh, my poor neglected blog! I’m hoping to start posting here again with some semi-regularity. So, to start that off, I have some pictures of my Halloween dress from 2015 that I apparently just never posted! My lovely boyfriend helped me take them and I think they’re gorgeous (his flickr is here!). 50’s dresses have always been one of my favorite styles of dress, because overall they just really flatter my shape (and who doesn’t love a twirly skirt?). I’m hoping to make some more in the future.

House of Strawberries

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Probably seems like a bit of a weird title but hopefully it’ll make sense in a minute! You might have noticed I haven’t been super active on this blog, which is unusual for me. You may also have noticed that on my instagram and tumblr I have been posting a whole lot of children’s dresses!

That’s because for the last few weeks I have been preparing to open an Etsy store selling little girls clothing. This is something I’ve dreamed of for years, so I’m pretty excited. I’ll be opening November 2nd, and until then you can find me here. You can also follow House of Strawberries (the store name and the post title!) on Facebook and Instagram @houseofstrawberries to see updates until opening!

As a result, I am probably going to continue to be a bit inactive on this blog, so following me on one of those accounts is going to be the best way to keep up with my sewing adventures!

 

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The Halloween Dress 2015

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I’m back! My surgery went as planned, so I’m slowly getting back into things. I did manage to finish my Halloween dress for the year, which is a nice accomplishment. After seeing the finished product, I was tempted to call this the retro pumpkin dress, which sounds silly, but I absolutely love it! It’s definitely 50’s inspired, and I still think the fabric is adorable.  This post will cover making the dress, and hopefully I’ll have photos soon!

A Fabric Haul, September 2015

IMGP5784Joann’s had a sale! Well, more accurately, they sent me a bunch of coupons that included 30% off the total purchase and a couple 50% off one item deals, so logically it was time for a trip to the fabric store. I’ve been feeling a bit unmotivated lately with the projects I had started before taking my hiatus, so I wanted to get fabric for some new projects that would help with that.